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Mes Amis Mes Amours Review

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A French bookstore owner moves to London to be closer to his daughter and ex-wife, only for the last, whom he’s still in love with, to move back to Paris.

★★★★★

An oddity this - a French film set almost entirely in London, a family comedy with sex scenes. Vincent Lindon, the sort of droopy-faced depressive who could only be a heartthrob if also French, plays a bookstore owner who emigrates to be closer to his best friend, daughter and ex-wife - only for the last, whom he’s still in love with, to move back to Paris. He takes up with Virginie Ledoyen’s reporter, but finds it difficult to juggle parenting with his (male) best friend and the new relationship. With its manicured views of an opulent London it’s like a Richard Curtis film with subtitles, and while it never quite matches the wit of Curtis’ best efforts, it’s still warm, whimsical fun.

While it never quite matches the wit of Richard Curtis’ best efforts, it’s still warm, whimsical fun.